Whether you favor a flat-top, gas-fueled grill or good, old-fashioned charcoal, ’tis the season for firing up the flames and trying your hand at everything from burgers to veggies — all without heating up your kitchen. Here are five recipes you’ll want to add to your rotation.
Black Bean Quinoa Burger with Baby Artichoke and Fingerling Potato Fries
Top Chef fans will recognize chef Kenny Gilbert from Season 7. The Cleveland-born chef has been at the helm of top resort restaurants in the country and serves as one of Oprah Winfrey’s private chefs. Now he spills some of his best recipe secrets in a beautiful new cookbook, Southern Cooking, Global Flavors, written with Nan Kavanaugh. The detailed recipes and rich photography take home cooks on a journey back to Gilbert’s roots in Southern cooking, now punctuated by his international travels. You’ll find plenty to love, including hearty dishes for the grill and year-round side dishes.
Summer BBQ Grilled Scallops and Corn
Chef Brad Prose is a self-described “grilling nut” on a mission to inspire others to try bold, new flavor combinations. In his new book, Chiles and Smoke: BBQ, Grilling, and Other Fire-Friendly Recipes with Spice and Flavor, he details tried-and-true techniques using chile peppers from around the world (not all of which are spicy!). The result is vibrant, interesting flavors that will keep your grilling repertoire exciting all year long. Perhaps best of all, Prose designed his recipes to be mixed and matched. For example, if you find a marinade or sauce recipe you love, it’s easy to pair it with a different meat or vegetable to customize it to your taste.